Trip Planning in Costa Rica

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 Trip Planning in Costa Rica

Pre-departure trip planning in Costa Rica is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.


Passport / Visas

Check with the appropriate time whether your passport is valid to travel abroad to avoid dissapointment at airports and find out throught your consulate or embassy in your country if you will need a visa to visit Costa Rica, especially for an extended period of time.


If you’re traveling to this area, check the cost of living here. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases. Small dollar bills can be used to pay for what you need, avoid 50 or 100 bills unless you are paying for a tour, car rental or a hotel bill. Popular credit cards are widely used if necessary.


The weather in Costa Rica can be predictable since it has only two seasons( Summer, Green Season) and are subject to El Niño or La Niña phenomenon. Planning a visit to Guanacaste will always secure great sun, beaches and mountain atractions year around compared to other areas in the country.

General Tips

Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.

If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.

Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.

There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.

You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.

Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Costa Rica can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Costa Rica should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and ways to move in the cosuntry.